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Refugee Resettlement

Having joined together with Bet Am Shalom to settle an Afghan family in the US, we are now joining together with 6 other congregations to settle another family. This time, we’ll be working with Sinai Free Synagogue (Mt.Vernon), Bet Am Shalom (White Plains), Temple Beth Shalom (Hastings-on-Hudson), Congregation B'nai Yisrael (Armonk), Shaarei Tikvah (Scarsdale) and South Presbyterian Church (Dobbs Ferry). 

The Afghan families we are expecting to help resettle in Westchester will be US-affiliated and will be given "humanitarian parole" by the U.S. government when they arrive here.   

As we did before, we will offer guidance as well as financial support in finding the family housing, employment, education, transportation, food, and clothing. The Westchester Resettlement Coalition (as our 7-congregation group is called) will work as one unified team in fundraising to financially support this family during their first year in Westchester County.   

This is a wonderful opportunity to work hands-on, to make new friends across the Hudson Valley and continue our tradition of welcoming the stranger. There are ample ways to get involved: you can volunteer for specific tasks, help with organizing and contribute financially. Perhaps you can contribute your own expertise from your “day job.” Please let us know if you or someone you know has a connection to any of the following: real estate brokers, landlords, real estate managers, CPAs, educators, tutors, ENL teachers, doctors, dentists, orthodontists, psychologists, social workers, retailers, store owners, handypersons, etc. These folks will be important resources sometime in the future as it relates to helping the folks we are tasked with assisting. 

Please click on this form and let us know about your particular interests/area of expertise that could help us. Committees are currently being formed so please let us know if you want to get involved as soon as possible. 

You may also reach out to WCT member Leslie Litsky with any questions you may have or if you want more detailed information. 

Leader: Leslie Litsky, Refugees@wct.org  

Sat, May 21 2022 20 Iyar 5782